We are very fortunate to have been bequeathed a beautiful 1972 FJ 55 by our good friend Andrew. Not only is this beauty a restorers dream retro expo rig, she came with a tote bin full of new...yes new parts and a 3F EFI engine.
Although she was hard to get started after sitting for 7 months in a garage, with a phantom electrical problem, within the first day, we have managed to get the battery to hold a charge and she fires up on the first try! Gotta love the venerable pig!
Our goal over the next year is to turn this beauty into a retro expedition rig and our daily parts gofer with some juicy updates to make her a reliable head turning rig. Here's our preliminary list of items that we will be addressing during late night wrenching sessions at the AT workshop:
Front disc brake conversion
Rear disc brake conversion
Replacing original engine with the1993 3F EFI
Replacing 4 speed SM420 with an HF55 5 speed transmission
Rear Ozi locker
Vintage Air A/C
Dual group 31 AGM batteries
Body rust repairs & paint (we're going 2 tone with Chaser Olive Gray & White)
Interior upholstery & refinishing
33 x 15 x 10.50 BFG M/T on the stock rims
Future late night wrenching sessions will result in cool expedition goodies like:
Warn 9000 winch with synthetic winchline rope
Custom built front & rear bumpers (rear receiver hitch of course)
Engel 45 (duh!)
Eezi-Awn 1400 T-top
2 meter radio
Whatever other geeky expo stuff we dream up
Stay tuned here to see how this progresses.